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I am a crunchy Christian mom to four boys and one girl ♥ We are a homeschooling Family. Our family can't stay still for long. We are always on the move. Our homeschool is inspired by The Well Trained Mind, Waldorf, and a bit of Charlotte Mason. Our lives are inspired by The Word of God, Jesus, Miracles, and sunshine when we can find it.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Week 30

Oliver Twist

G-Grade 7 aka The Prophet

This week in math I did lesson 22.
In hand writing I did 2 pages.
I read a retelling of oliver twist by eyewitness in reading.
In writing I got a new writing book called jump in writing and I did most of the intro part.
In grammar I memorized prepositions.

E-Grade 1 aka The Warrior

Rubber Band Banjo

(Swimming Lessons) There's a girl in my class called Tabitha.  She mostly goes first.  My teacher put us down in deep water.  We climbed on the side of the wall to the deep water.  She put a pole in water.  Then I grabbed it and climbed all the way down and sit on bottom.  
(Science) First I got a box.  Then I got two rubber band.  Put it on box.  Take pencil and stick it under the rubber bands.  I make low pitch and high pitch.
(Math) I counted to 100 with Mom.  Mom count with Me.  

P-Grade 4 aka The Peacemaker

Rubber Band Banjo

In PE class we played flag football.  
Our butterflies hatched out of their cocoons.  They are drinking sugar water and eating oranges.  
My math is getting hard.  
I'm reading James and the Giant Peach.  I like it.  
In Science, we made rubber band banjos.  We studied pitch.  We put rubber bands around a box.  We stuck a pencil underneath the rubber bands. 
I did First Language Lessons.  I'm studying prepositions and prepositional phrases.  I circled prepositions in sentences.  

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Prepositions, Waldorf Chalkboard

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Here is the chalkboard we purchase from Paper, Scissors, Stone. I'm not sure how prepositions are introduced in the typical Waldorf school. But, this is how we are doing it in our school. It just so happens that both older boys are hitting prepositions at the same time in their curriculum. One is using Winston Grammar and the other is using First Language Lessons 3. We are doing just a few at a time until we learn them all. I'm not all that talented, so I'll do my best with the fancy chalkboard.

The chalkboard is nice. It's a good size and lightweight. I took this picture with a flash and I can really see the lines where we erased on it. I did have the boys go over with a piece of chalk first to prime it. But, maybe we should have went over it again.

I used the Mercurius chalk from Paper, Scissors, Stone. It's amazing and soft and vibrant.

Friday, April 23, 2010

week 29

This week was a bit laid back.  We had to get back into a new schedule.  After a few weeks off, we are back at the YMCA for a new session.  We are really enjoying our classes.  Our YMCA is wonderful.  Everyone is very kind and the environment is so nice. It's a nice place to hang out between classes.  The rest of our year should be a lot of fun. We got in new curriculum and supplies from Waldorfsupplies.com, Delta Education, and Rainbow Resource.  We are going to start having chalkboard drawings (I'm a bit nervous since I'm not very artistic), a new writing curriculum for the Prophet, Hooked on Phonics for our youngest boy, and three Science in a Nutshell kits from Delta.  I've been looking for science projects or kits that actually include everything.  The Nutshell kits look awesome.  They have enough stuff for three children and they include everything.  They even come in a great storage box.  They contain and activity guide and a journal for the kids.  I'll definitely do review posts about this.  

E-Grade 1
I did Explode the Code.  I write the letter i.  I colored matching words.  I write the letter a.  I read fan, mat, gas, cap, tag, and nap.  
On the Banks of Plum Creek.  Grasshoppers ate all the fruit, plums, corn, grass.  They ate all Pa's wheat.  
We read about Johnny Appleseed.  I did a map of where he went.  I made some cards.  I have to put them in order.  It's how an apple tree grows. First has a seed.  Then a sprout. Then a seedling.  Then a tree. Then blossoms.  Then Apples!

Making a Johnny Appleseed Book
P-Grade 4
I'm in lesson 23 in math.  I'm still working on multiplying.  One of the chyrsislis looks like it's going to crack open soon. In PE, we played elimination.  Elimination is where there's four goals, four teams, and one soccer ball.  If the ball gets in a goal it looses a point.  It was really fun.  We went swimming last night as a family.   I did a spelling Test.  

G-Grade 7

In spelling last time i missed alot of words in group 32 so i had to redo it.
In History i read a book called johnny appleseed the story of a legend and did a outline on story of the world about the Maori people of new zealand.
In math i did 2 pages of lesson 22.
In italics i did 2 pages.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Warrior Grade 1 Week 28

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I did Math. It was hard. I count by tens.

It was warm at the pool. I got my first swimming class. I needed to walk around the pool. Then I jump in the pool. We hold our breath and jump in water and stay in water for awhile. Then you breathe when you jump out. I front kick and back kick.

There are four cocoons. One is not a cocoon. It's trying to make a cocoon.

I take owl pellets apart. I take bones and pull them out. I liked it. Gibran not like it.

The Prophet Week 28 Grade 7

Originally uploaded by OakBlossoms
For Science, I dissected owl pellets and pick out bones from it. It was disgusting. It was dirty and nasty and I had to wear gloves. I found a mole in there and a whole bunch of fur. We measured them. Mine was the smallest of them all.

I did lesson 21 in Math. It was about adding mixed numbers. It was easy for the main subject. Subtraction mixed numbers in Lesson 20 was easier than adding mixed numbers. I had problems in my systematic reviews.

In homeschool PE I got a new class. It wasn't as fun as my last class. There was a lot of little kids in the class. We played hockey.

I did six pages of Italics cursive. My handwriting is getting better.

I read a chapter of Story of the World. I read about the Industrial Revolution and the Luddites.

The Peacemaker Grade 4 Week 28

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In P.E., we played hockey outside.
Our caterpillars turned in to chrysalis. We got the caterpillars in a container. They ate this orangey brown stuff that was in the bottom of the container. Then they crawled to the top of the container. Then they hung upside down. Then they made chrysalis and their heads popped off. And then, red stuff oozed from the bottom of the chrysalis.
We dissected our owl pellets. Mine had a mole or a rat in it. I think it had two animals in it. Mine was the biggest. It smelled disgusting.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Week 27

This is week 27 for us.  Doing this weekly reports was a bit painful at the beginning of the year.  It's sometimes still painful for the youngest boy.  But, our oldest-The Prophet-pointed out that we had done a lot this year and it was nice to see how far we had come this year.

The Prophet-Grade 7
In history I outlined pages 340-341 which was about the factory workers of the industrial revolution and pages 350-351 which was about how the U.S.A. expanded In the 1800s and the pages were in the usborne internet linked encyclopedia of world history, I also colored the haiti flag, read chapter 30 which was about the haiti revolution and did map work in story of the world.

In math I did lesson 19 which was reducing mixed numbers.

In Italics I did pages 49,50,51.

In spelling I did spelling tests 32 and 35.

In science we read about the comparison between blood In living beings and sap in trees and plants In a book (I forgot its name) and I did picture of the comparison.

The Peacemaker-Grade 4
In Story of the World, I colored the Haitian Flag.  The African slaves rebelled.  The Africans called it Haiti.  
In Math, I did lessons 21 and 22.  
The owl babies are big and fluffy.  There is one more egg left.   
We got Painted Lady Butterfly larvae.  They are already growing.  They are making some silky stuff.  
I am on chapter four of Superfudge.  Fudge is Peter's little annoying brother.  

The Warrior-Grade 1
We learned about our eyes.  They can't move in different directions.  They can't move this way and that way.  Our pupil is dark and it turns bigger so you can see better in the dark.  Then it's in the sun.  It turns small.  
I added tens.  It's hard!
We got caterpillars.  They will turn into cocoons and then turn into butterflies.  
Senses (Kingfisher Young Knowledge)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Art Spinning

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I just wanted to make sure to load this pictures up. This is the art spinner I was blogging about previously. It is a lot of fun. The little plastic guard that sits on top is not the sturdiest piece of equipment. Be careful not to toss it in the trash. It looks like packaging, but it's not. It keeps the paint from going everywhere. It's a great rainy day activity. If you don't have one, it would be great to purchase and put away for when the kids need something new and you don't want or can't get out to do something.

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Here is a better pick of what it does.

Here is the actual toy. We purchased ours at a locally owned shop. I don't always get to do that. But, it always feels good to support a real person. The owner is often in the store and she helped us pick out some fun Christmas presents.

History Summary

G's History Summary
Originally uploaded by OakBlossoms
Here is the summary our oldest does for History each week (ala TWTM for Grammer Stage). I didn't do this when he was younger. He was never reading for this much handwriting till this year. But, he is doing so much better now. He used to fight writing so much. I admit I just gave up. I tried every few months. Now he is Grade 7 and has no problem getting it done. Happy Dance!!!!


No really he might actually enjoy History!

Escher's Schedule

Escher's Schedule
Originally uploaded by OakBlossoms
Escher is learning the days of the week. He is going to start working on doing his own schedule each week. I'll let him draw pictures till he can write one out on his own. I really wish I had done this with his brothers when they were younger.